Developed by North American Aviation back in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force and NASA, the X-15 was an experimental aircraft that could achieve speeds up to Mach 6.7. Real Engineering delves into the history of this rocket-powered plane, and the innovations and technologies that allowed it fly at insane speeds and altitudes.
AVI-8’s automatic watches look amazing, incorporating a classic aviation dial design into a sleek stainless steel case with a matching metal strap. Their design pays tribute to the Supermarine Spitfire, a British WWII-era single-seat fighter aircraft. The watch comes in Olive Green, Midnight Chrome, and a fantastic Gunmetal Grey.
We’ve seen plenty of watches inspired by aviation dials and gauges, but this Click Altimeter watch from TokyoFlash actually displays time like an altimeter, with three spinning dials that indicate the hour and minutes. They also sell a similar watch that looks like an electric power meter.
AVI-8 specializes in watches with designs inspired by classic military aircraft. The Retrograde borrows elements from the instrument panel of the Hawker Hunter, a jet used by the Royal Air Force from the 1950s to the 2010s. It features a 45mm stainless case with oversize push buttons, and a hand-stitched leather strap.
Israel-based Metro Skyways is showing off the design for a flying urban vehicle. The CityHawk would take off and land vertically like a helicopter, but uses drone-like fan blades, specially engineered to limit noise. It’s designed to hold up to six occupants, and could be used as a taxi, emergency medical transport, or a flying limo.
If you’re going to take a tour of Ohio’s National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, it might as well be from the air, right? Well thanks to NURK FPV, we can take a first-person drone flight through the museum’s awesome collection of aviation marvels without having to leave our homes.
Mil-Tec’s vintage style wristwatch features a aeronautically-inspired dial, with second indicators on its outer edge, and hours inside. The German-made watch has luminous hands and hour markers, and its background is distressed with an oil-stained look. Available in brown or black.
Stührling’s everyday wristwatch is inspired by the flight instrumentation that might be found in vintage military planes. It’s got an easy to read dial, skeletonized hands, day/date functionality, and luminous markers and numbers. The case is stainless steel, and the band is riveted leather.
Best known for their iconic, in-depth auto repair manuals, Haynes also offers a series of books which delve into the design, construction, and operation of famous military planes like the F/A-18 Hornet, Grumman F-14 Tomcat, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.